Published on: April 8, 2021

Spring in Upstate New York

LAKE PLACID – Spring in Upstate New York is a time of change as winter snow disappears, the sun is higher and warmer, and the days are longer.

In April, we have a diverse collection of activities to enjoy in the Adirondacks, starting with skiing and riding at Whiteface Mountain in the final days and weeks of the season. We can also enjoy hiking with some fewer layers, but must pay attention to trail reports as warmer weather can create softer and muddy conditions.

A biker rides in Lake Placid
Weather and environment for biking are perfect in Lake Placid

Bikers, who haven’t been able to pedal outside over the past 5 months, are anxious to make their appearances in April. Please pay close attention to road conditions if you’re biking – sand is used in winter to create traction over the secondary roads. You’ll want to keep your bike away from that.

The fishing season began on April 1; we are blessed in the Lake Placid area to enjoy the Ausable River, one of the nation’s great trout fishing waters. Anglers who stay at the Mirror Lake Inn can hire longtime guide Gary Marchuk of Bear Cub Adventure Tours who has cared for many of our guests over the years.

The hotel also offers a spring fly-fishing package that you may find helpful, featuring the expertise of Marchuk, Ken Kalil of Kalil’s Upstate Outfitters, and 2-time Olympic skiing medalist Andrew Weibrecht, an avid fisherman who also knows all the local knooks and crannies.

As we move into May, it’s more of the same with the addition of boating as Mirror Lake and Lake Placid lake lose their final layers of ice; tennis and golf at our sister property, the Whiteface Club and Resort; and the reemergence of the Olympic venues for spring and summer.

The Mirror Lake Inn, in partnership with the Whiteface Club and Resort, offers its guests a golf package in the community’s best conditioned championship course.

Tennis is lead by Andrew Weibrecht’s brother, Ethan, who directs the tennis center. To arrange court time on their Har-tru courts, book a lesson or need a hitting partner, call Ethan at 518-523-2551 ext. 445.

As enjoyable as winter is for everything you can do – let’s never forget that Lake Placid has hosted 2 Winter Olympic Games – spring and summer draw lots of attention from those who appreciate perfect weather. And that perfect weather is now drawing closer by the week.